Re: from 6 billion to 500 million: how? (was RE: true abundance?)

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 08:14:25 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> On 31 Jan 2001, at 10:17, Michael Lorrey wrote:
> > Oh, geez, more liberal 'we've gotta fix our problems here' tripe.
> **Not at all; we gotta SURVIVE here first. I'm not one of these "Wait-
> a-minute, Chris (Columbus) baby, don't do it, wait 'til we've solved
> out number-one prioprities" types.
> **I don't disagree with any of this below, except d (because we keep
> manufacturing graver threats to our own survival). If the $14-for$1
> figure is accurate (source would be great), which I hope to hell it
> is--why the huge problem in getting space program expansion? Should
> be a no-brainer, even for the pols. Gotta be a matter of public
> perception; that can be changed if the figures are there to back it
> up. I think it should be done even if it's a total write-off--but,
> hey, that's just me.

My 14 for 1 figure is a well bandied about figure that was calculated
from the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo program released, as I recall, by the

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